The organizers of the Beats for Love music festival visited children in Vizina Children’s Home in Ostrava on Christmas day. The goal was to please the children during Christmas time, to spent some time with them, give them some attention and also to try to fulfill their specific wishes. Tablets, shoes, dolls and scooters were on the list.

During the year approximately 40 children live in the Vizina Children’s Home, almost half of them remain in the Children’s Home during the Christmas Holidays. „Christmas is, of course, the most demanding period for children from children’s homes. Although through the entire year we try our best to substitute their families and organize various leisure, educational and recreational activities, the children feel loneliness during Christmas time the most. Volunteers are now playing an extremely important role for us right now,“ says Jan Effenberger, director of Vizina Children’s Home.

This is why the representatives of the Beats for Love festival decided to help on Christmas day. Additionally, their aid was aimed specifically at particular children. The representatives of the festival and the management of Vizina Children’s Home joined together in November to find out the individual wishes of all the children who were to spend Christmas day there. „We didn’t want to buy just anything because children wouldn’t end up enjoy it. It depends on how old the child is, what are her/his hobbies and what he’s/she’s into at the moment. The list includes electronics, sports equipment, musical instruments or toys,“ says Kamil Rudolf, director of the Beats for Love festival. Specifically, he and his colleagues made 18 children aged 3 to 18 happy with gifts worth CZK 26 000.

Charity activities are one of the pillars of Beats for Love festival. At the beginning of December, the organizers handed over the proceeds from a public collection to support patients of the Cardiology Department at Ostrava City Hospital. In the past, they have also bought a special communication aid for a seriously ill girl, donated blood, cleaned up gardens of retirement homes and taught DJ arts to high school students.

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